Libraries launch summer schemes for local youngsters

Youngsters across Leeds are signing up for this year’s ‘Summer Reading Challenge’, as well as for their events programme that runs throughout the school holidays.

Dennis the Menace hits Leeds this summer

The annual Reading Challenge is this year themed ‘Mischief Makers’ – based on the 80th anniversary of the Beano, the legendary comic featuring Dennis the Menace, Gnasher, and all their gang. To join in the challenge, children are encouraged to read any six books over the summer holidays.

Any child who reads 6 books and visits the libraries 3 times will collect prizes, and receive a medal and certificate. The challenge is free, and open to any primary school children, up to 9 September.

Drop into your local library, sign up now, and starting winning collecting prizes! Find your local library, including open hours, here. Staff will be happy to help people find out more, choose books, and get involved.

The libraries also have a summer-long programme of hands-on events for children and young people, featuring comic strip making, slimy science, animation, coding, and more. Events are listed here – events are typically free, but booking is normally required.

For more info about the libraries and young people, including more on the Reading Challenge, and volunteering opportunities for teens and young adults, click here.